Focus Shifts to Ryder Cup with Wildcard Places up for Grabs

With the majors now boxed off for the season, the golfing focus shifts to the Ryder Cup which gets underway on September 28th

Focus Shifts to Ryder Cup with Wildcard Places up for Grabs

With the majors now boxed off for the season, the golfing focus shifts to the Ryder Cup which gets underway on September 28th. 

The eight automatic spots for the US team are now locked down, with captain Jim Furyk left with his four wildcard picks to join Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and last weekend’s PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka on the plane to Le Golf National in Paris, France. 

Furyk will name three of his four wildcards on September 4th, with the final name in mix being announced on September 10th. 

A resurgent Tiger Woods and Ryder Cup stalwart Phil Mickelson appear nailed-on to secure two of the four places, which places others on the periphery with three weeks to make a run at the team. 

Many of those in the frame are skipping this week’s Wyndham Championship in favour of a bit of rest and recuperation, but one player who is keeping his foot on the gas is Brandt Snedeker. 

Snedeker has an excellent Ryder Cup record, with four wins from six outings, and he forged a brilliant understanding with Koepka as the US wrestled the trophy back from Europe in 2016. 

His form has not been brilliant in 2018, which is the reason why he requires a wildcard pick, but he has had an uptick in performance in recent weeks. 

A third place at the A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier and eighth place at the RBC Canadian Open suggest he could be playing his way back into form. 

With a Ryder Cup place up for grabs, Snedeker knows that he needs to catch Furyk’s eye – and this week’s Wyndham Championship is a decent place to start. 

It’s not a stacked field, Webb Simpson is market leader at 13.0 with 188BET, and Snedeker has solid form in the event. He emerged victorious when the tournament was held at Forest Oaks in 2007, while he has four top tens at this year’s host track, Sedgefield Country Club. 

Everything looks in place for Snedeker to make a decent run at a first PGA Tour title win since his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2016, and at 188BET’s price of 26.0 he catches our eye. 

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will have an eye on the event and will hope that Sergio Garcia, 41.0 with 188BET, and defending champion Henrik Stenson, 19.0, can kick their seasons into life. 

As things stand, Furyk’s USA look extremely strong and Bjorn will be eager to see two of his big guns show some form this week.